Quest Diagnostics: 34,000 customer accounts hacked

- Medical laboratory operator Quest Diagnostics Inc. says a hack of an internet application on its network has exposed the personal health information of about 34,000 people.

The Madison, New Jersey-based company says "an unauthorized third party" on Nov. 26 gained access to customer information including names, dates of birth, lab results and in some instances, telephone numbers. The stolen data did not include Social Security numbers, credit card accounts, insurance details or any other financial information.
Quest said Monday it is working with a cybersecurity firm and law enforcement to investigate the breach, while taking steps to prevent similar incidents from recurring. 
The company said it has notified affected clients by mail and has set up a dedicated number to field questions regarding the breach at (888) 320-9970.
It also put out this statement to FOX 29 News: "Quest Diagnostics is taking this matter very seriously and is committed to the privacy and security of patients’ personal information. We deeply regret this incident and any inconvenience or concern it may have caused. The affected information did not include Social Security numbers, credit card information or other financial information. If individuals have any questions regarding this incident, please call 888-320-9970, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time."
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